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http://sports.yahoo.com/news/tigers-slugger-miguel-cabrera-ankle-145511151--mlb.html

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Miguel Cabrera's recovery from ankle surgery could linger into 2015 season

The Detroit Tigers season ended earlier then they'd hoped and in very disappointing fashion after they were swept by the Baltimore Orioles in the ALDS. Now their offseason is getting off to a pretty rough start too after the team learned that Miguel Cabrera will not be able to resume baseball activities for at least three months following surgery on his right ankle.

Though resurgent in September, Cabrera wasn't his MVP caliber self for most of the second half of the season. His lack of production (three home runs and 16 RBIs from the All-Star break until Sept. 1) can be attributed in part to a bone spur in his right ankle injury, which was bothersome enough that manager Brad Ausmus considered giving Cabrera multiple days off in late August even after the team had fallen behind the Kansas City Royals in the standings.

The Tigers knew offseason surgery was distinct possibility, but nobody was anticipating that in addition to the bone spur, doctors would find a stress fracture in the navicular bone on the top of his foot. Doctors were forced to place two screws in his foot to stabilize the fracture, which changed his offseason outlook significantly.

From MLive.com's Chris Iott:

The Detroit Tigers do not know for sure when Miguel Cabrera will resume baseball activities or play in his first game. They cannot say with 100 percent certainty that he will be ready for the start of spring training or even opening day.

But general manager Dave Dombrowski is certain of one thing: Cabrera showed some extreme toughness by playing through an ankle injury that was significantly worse than it was believed to be.

"He is as tough as you can possibly be," general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "They cannot even believe once they went in there and looked at it that he could play with the ankle that he had. It's worse than what we ever would have anticipated."

Cabrera had the operation on Wednesday, so that would set his three-month evaluation for late January. Depending on the news there, he could either begin baseball activities about three weeks ahead of spring training, or be recommended more rest. Either way, his season preparation would be well behind schedule, and more rest could push his full recovery into the regular season.

The Cabrera waiting game will be an unwanted subplot in an already important offseason for general manager Dave Dombrowski. With Victor Martinez and Max Scherzer likely to test the free agent market and a bullpen that needs an overhaul, Dombrowski has plenty to consider. Any uncertainty over Cabrera's recovery only adds to his plate and could place some urgency on re-signing Martinez, who's reportedly looking for a four-year deal.

The Tigers championship window isn't closed yet. Not with Justin Verlander, David Price, Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello definitely in the mix, but the Kansas City Royals postseason run coupled with another competitive season from the Cleveland Indians makes it clear winning a fifth straight AL Central title will take some work. Avoiding a slow start will be critical in that equation, and not having Cabrera or Martinez in the lineup in April makes them vulnerable.

It's going to be a challenge for Dombrowski to build his roster with this extra hurdle now in his way. Can he rise to the occasion again, or will the circumstances finally push Detroit down the ladder in 2015?


October 25th, 2014, 12:13 pm
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VMart re-signed 4 yrs/$68 millions and Tigers landed there CF left handed hitting Anthony Gose from the Blue Jays. Kid has an awesome arm and is a solid defender with speed but hasnt developed as a hitter very much. Might play in a platoon type role with Davis playing CF vs lefties.

More moves likely to be made, DD seems to be striking quick. Lets see if he can land a couple bullpen arms and a decent OF bat to replace Hunter s production.


November 13th, 2014, 1:43 am
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I feel like the Tigers are having a quietly good off season in their pickups. Nobody talked about it here but the Tom Gorzelanny signing was a huge upgrade over Phil Coke for a LH bullpen arm. The Gose signing was decent and the picking up of Cespedes was a smart move and I feel he'll get whipped into shape with Vmart and Miggy helping understand what it means to play as a team. Really you just got to hope that Rondon can return from injury and put up a full complete year. I've also read that the Cards are interested in possibly adding another starting pitcher this off season (they are looking at signing Max or trading for either Hamels or Price). I'm hoping it ends up being Price so the Tigers can help add to their farm system with some top prospects and the Tigers can put together a deal for Max to keep him in Detroit. (Honestly, I'd rather have Price long term, but I just get the feeling he's not comfortable in Detroit). At this point I still think they need to do something with their starting pitching and maybe add one more arm to the pen. Other than that I think they are back to where they started last season.


January 8th, 2015, 10:05 pm
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gorzellany velocity was down last year after shoulder surgery. maybe there s room for improvement but he didnt have such a sophisticated operation and his WHIP and ERA dont correlate well, its hard to read his performance. Coke has by far a better arm than Gorzellany but maybe not the pitching acumen. I think its a wash at best but Gorzellany will be more steady but will not show the flashes that Coke sometimes showed. Gose cant hit so it ll be interesting to see how the Tigers staff will work with his approach at the plate. He s a great defender but they ve had a hard time keeping guys in the lineup that are one dimensional like that. The biggest thing is the bullpen is still not addressed very well. Joe Nathan remains the closer after his worst season at an advanced age. There s a good bet he s worse in 2015 than 2014. Rondon has never done anything of value at the major league level and is coming off Tommy John surgery but DD keeps talking about him like he s Joel Zumaya pre injury. Sanchez and Price are the makings of a good starting rotation but Verlander and the others are big question marks. Scherzer re signing would be big and at this point if the Tigers are serious about making a deep playoff run rather than just competing in the AL Central they need to pay up for him. As of now, I think the Indians have a good chance at surpassing the Tigers in 2014 and I dont see how the current Tigers are better than the team that opened spring 2014 and didnt have enough to finish the season as WS champs.


January 9th, 2015, 12:06 pm
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while I agree with your concerns, they are the same concerns as last year don't you think. Only this year, we have our starting SS back and we know what we have with JD.


January 9th, 2015, 8:23 pm
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aManNamedSuh wrote:
while I agree with your concerns, they are the same concerns as last year don't you think. Only this year, we have our starting SS back and we know what we have with JD.


I am taking a wait and see approach this year. DD tends to make these deals that I absolutely hate and they turn to gold. I don't see the progress. I see us spinning our wheels. Same problems. Different faces.


January 9th, 2015, 8:44 pm
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Doesn't help that our farm is now rated the worst in baseball. We've traded all our top prospects and now we're left with a Brandon Inge of the outfield, with more power, as our top prospect. That's just damn pathetic.

Seriously, if you're a mega power hitter who whiffs a ton, you have to have a great eye. Jim thome, Carlos Pena, Adam Dunn, Jose canseco, Reggie Jackson, Mark Reynolds..most of those guys were quite away from .300, but had an OBP that was .100 points higher than their BA

Everyone we have is a depth player. Moyà, Collins, McCann, Perez, etc. Backups.

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